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70.3 World's: GB Age-Group review
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 5th September 2016


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Simmonds and Birchmore head the GB Age-Groupers home on the Sunshine Coast

As I've highlighted in years past, securing an Age-Group podium at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships (much like Kona), is a verytough challenge. The standards are high and the competition is deep.

You are used to reading extensive listings of GB Age-Group medals from the various European and World Championship events that take place through the year on this website; those equivalent articles tend to feature far fewer names for the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 equivalents.

Related Article: 70.3 World's 2015 - The GB Age Group review

With the championships this year being held in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, it was a long trip for the British and Irish athletes just to make the start line - but that didn't stop approaching 200 athletes making the trip.

Here are the very well earned 'scores on the doors', which include a Gold medal (and second AG'er overall) to Imogen Simmonds (https://imosimmonds.wordpress.com/). Imogen won the F18-24 division, the same that was won in Zell an See last year by uber-swimmer Lucy Charles, who has since turned Pro and finished on the podium at Ironman Lanzarote. Imogen managed to go one place higher than Lucy, finishing as the second Age-Grouper overall.

Great Britain and Ireland Age-Group medals: IRONMAN 70.3 World Champs 2016

GOLD

Imogen Simmonds - F18-24 - 4:39:38 
(Also the second fastest AG athlete overall)

SILVER

Deirde Casey (IRL) - F30-34 - 4:40:07

BRONZE

Michael Birchmore - M25-29 - 4:02:58
(Also the third fastest AG athlete overall)

Ruth Purbrook - F25-29 - 4:47:02


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